History Literature / VariableStar

22nd Feb '17 7:48:57 AM CheeseDogX
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* ShoutOut: As well as being based on notes by Heinlein, this book features references to several of Heinlein's works. Here are the most notable examples, TheOtherWiki has more.
** The idea of TwinTelepathy being used to communicate across interstellar distances was the central concept of ''Literature/TimeForTheStars''.
** Nehemiah Scudder and his oppressive theocracy was a prominent feature of Heinlein's "Future History" stories, most prominently ''Revolt In 2100.''
** The Conrad dynasty is very similar to the Rudbeks of ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'', right down to how the head is referred to as "Conrad of Conrad."
** Joel was a farmer on Ganymede, much like the protagonist of ''Literature/FarmerInTheSky''. His hometown is Lermer, the same as the name of the character from ''Farmer''.
** A non-Heinlein example, Jinny calls Rennick "Smithers," which is heavily implied to be a reference to ''Series/TheSimpsons.''
22nd Feb '17 7:32:27 AM CheeseDogX
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* OneSteveLimit: Stretched to the breaking point with Joel Johnston's roommate, Joe Johnson.

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* OneSteveLimit: Stretched to the breaking point with Joel Johnston's roommate, Joe Johnson. HilarityEnsues when they first meet.
22nd Feb '17 7:29:07 AM CheeseDogX
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* IncrediblyLongNote: Joel's Master Piece is an improvised piece involving circular breathing, thus no phrase ever ends, but segues into the next.

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* IncrediblyLongNote: Joel's Master Piece is an improvised piece involving circular breathing, thus no phrase ever ends, but segues into the next. Plus, he does this on a baritone saxophone, which requires much more air to be pushed through to play. Marathons might be less exhausting.
22nd Feb '17 7:22:42 AM CheeseDogX
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* EpicRocking: Joel's Master Piece. Fifteen minutes of sustained saxophone.

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* EpicRocking: Joel's Master Piece. Fifteen minutes of sustained saxophone. Bari sax, at that.
22nd Feb '17 7:20:18 AM CheeseDogX
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* CassandraTruth / YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: Averted. When Joel gets around to explaining how he ended up on the Sheffield, his friends more or less accept what he says at face value. This is mostly because they all figured that he had to be running away from something fairly huge to be as messed up as he is.

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* CassandraTruth / YouWouldntBelieveMeIfIToldYou: Averted. When Joel gets around to explaining how he ended up on the Sheffield, his friends more or less accept what he says at face value. This is mostly because they all figured that he had to be running away from something fairly huge to be as messed up as he is.
22nd Feb '17 7:15:36 AM CheeseDogX
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* OneSteveLimit: Stretched to the breaking point with Joel Johnston's roommate, Joe Johnson.
5th Nov '16 2:16:09 PM AnotherDuck
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* {{Heavyworlder}}: Inverted. Joel grew up on Ganymede, with gravity 1/3rd Earth's, which made him ideal for the Sheffield.


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* {{Lightworlder}}: Joel grew up on Ganymede, with gravity 1/3rd Earth's, which made him ideal for the Sheffield.
8th Jan '16 5:08:55 PM nombretomado
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What do you do when the [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Grand Master]] of science fiction leaves behind incomplete notes on a book never written? Give them to the man recognized as [[SpiderRobinson his disciple]] and tell him to get cracking. The result is recognizably the product of two minds, begun before one was born and finished after the other died. It received mixed reviews. The basic structure of the story is very much that of Heinlein's juveniles, which is what Heinlein intended it to be when he plotted it; a young man goes to the stars, and there he finds himself. Much of the story is very much ''not'' that of a Heinlein juvenile; there's sex and drugs and the main character is a musician, not an engineer-slash-soldier of fortune. As Heinlein was plotting it during his time as a writer for teen sci-fi magazines, it's likely the other elements were added by SpiderRobinson.

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What do you do when the [[Creator/RobertAHeinlein Grand Master]] of science fiction leaves behind incomplete notes on a book never written? Give them to the man recognized as [[SpiderRobinson [[Creator/SpiderRobinson his disciple]] and tell him to get cracking. The result is recognizably the product of two minds, begun before one was born and finished after the other died. It received mixed reviews. The basic structure of the story is very much that of Heinlein's juveniles, which is what Heinlein intended it to be when he plotted it; a young man goes to the stars, and there he finds himself. Much of the story is very much ''not'' that of a Heinlein juvenile; there's sex and drugs and the main character is a musician, not an engineer-slash-soldier of fortune. As Heinlein was plotting it during his time as a writer for teen sci-fi magazines, it's likely the other elements were added by SpiderRobinson.
Creator/SpiderRobinson.
14th Dec '15 1:23:27 PM FF32
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* NamingYourColonyWorld: And its moons. Actually a discussion in-universe. The colony was technically and formally named "Brasil Novo" (New Brazil), but this was rapidly shortened to "Bravo". The moons were originally [[NamesTheSame Phobos and Deimos]], but were changed to those of [[AuthorOnBoard famous musicians]].

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* NamingYourColonyWorld: And its moons. Actually a discussion in-universe. The colony was technically and formally named "Brasil Novo" (New Brazil), but this was rapidly shortened to "Bravo". The moons were originally [[NamesTheSame Phobos and Deimos]], but were changed to those of [[AuthorOnBoard [[WriterOnBoard famous musicians]].
20th May '15 11:14:08 PM surgoshan
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* YouCanRunButYouCantHide: Joel doesn't want a life of unearned, opulent wealth. He wants to be a musician, not an accountant. He wants to be ''free'', not caught up in the unimaginable machinations of the wealthiest family ever to live. Unfortunately, he is, and by attempting to run away he has embarrassed them. Literally the only way to be free of the Conrads is to not be on the same planet as them.
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